Moisturize. Exfoliate. Don’t Be Out Here Ashy This Winter.

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  My friends in Florida make me laugh around this time of year. “OMG, it’s 50 degrees,” one of them lamented on Facebook this week. At one time, I might have said the same kind of thing. But right now in Chicago, it’s 30 degrees and the inevitable slide into winter has begun. It’s cold, […]

All About Alphabet Creams. BB Creams, CC Creams For All Skin Tones

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  The first time I heard about BB Creams, it was from my friends familiar with the Asian beauty market. I had heard whispers about these miraculous balms, intended to mask imperfections while improving the quality of your skin. I remember wanting to try them, but word on the street was that BB creams weren’t […]

10 Natural Hair Drugstore or Beauty Supply Brands With Products That Cost $10 (Or Less)!

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  There are so many ways to live this natural hair life. You can be the DIY natural who buys her own oils and butters and whips amazing concoctions up in your kitchen. You can be the fancy natural who splurges on pricey hair potions and is always down to try the new and the […]

Why I Love Houseplants + GIVEAWAY for National Houseplant Week

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The corner where I sit to work is bright and inspiring. My desk faces a wall of glass, so I am continually bathed in sunshine while I write. And right next to my desk – which is forever littered with stacks of paper and business cards – I have a little area that I think […]

Metallic Manicure – Quick Easy DIY

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They keep trying to say that nail art is a dying trend, but I refuse to believe. I see the appeal in a more sedate manicure from time to time, but my spirit is drawn to statement nails that make heads turn. Lately I’ve been into at-home pampering, and this weekend as part of my […]

Fall Lipstick Favorites – L’Oreal Colour Riche, Mystic Kiss

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Summer, you’ve been fun. A LOT of fun. We’ve had our share of adventures and I’ll never forget you. But right now, our time is coming to an end. Like sands through the hourglass, you’re running out on me. It is just about time for it to be fall. And that means it’s time for […]

Nail Stickers – Totally, Hopelessly Obsessed

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What took me so long to give nail stickers a try? My eternal nail polish dilemma – I have somewhere to be in 20 minutes and I remembered everything BUT the manicure. And having to do a rush job on your nails while managing to keep them in pristine condition for me is MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. […]